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Picked up this model 4531 yesterday. The owner said it was used very little, and it seems that way as it shines like new but must have been exposed to the elements causing some rusting. The wheels have little to no play, there is no wear on the pull cord, and the blade looks like it's never been sharpened since new. Alas, it has no spark so I'm going to check the points for corrosion. I'm thinking of switching cranks and then transplanting this onto a 7226 deck I have (with a low compression motor that was switched to a D400 from a D600 by a previous owner).

BTW, I saw another post about this model and someone mentioned these are 21" decks. Mine measures 20 1/2" with a 19 3/4" long blade. I checked one of my 21" decks and it measure 21 1/2" with a 20 3/4" blade.

Thanks to a tip from Bolly there will be a part II to this post as soon as I pick it up.
 

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nice!!!
 

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that is one cool looking mower!!! I like it!
 

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That really is a very nice find. Because it is so original, wouldn't you want to keep it that way?

Survivors are only that way once...
 

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I was thinking of swapping the crank for the 21" deck as the 20" blade has the 3/8" bolt through the centre of the blade rather than the large hole with a nut used on the 21" decks. Unless someone is aware of a 3/8" centre hole blade for a 21" deck as I would prefer not to change out cranks.

I opened it up. Wow is it ever clean under the fly wheel. Anyway, I filed and re-gapped the points, replaced the almost brand new RJ12 with a CJ14, and cleaned the carb. I think I found out why the mower was used very little: the governor rod was not in the correct location!! I'm guessing that somewhere along the way a PO was mowing and a stick/branch hit the rod and knocked it out of the throttle shaft bracket. When they put the rod back in they didn't direct it through the tiny hole leading to the 'governor plate', but through a square hole to the outside of the flywheel. Anyway I got everything together, pumped the primer button a couple times, and it fired up on the first pull!! Wow does it ever run nice. Not a single spit or sputter or surge or vibration! Just purrs like a loud kitten.
 

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Tom that freakin thing is freakin suwheeeet!!
 

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That really is a very nice find. Because it is so original, wouldn't you want to keep it that way?

Survivors are only that way once...
I know, I know ... your trying to make me feel guilty! Actually, now that it's running, I may just leave. I just think that steel deck looks so uuuuugly compared to that nice 7226 mag deck. Mind you the 4531 is a one year only model, so you may be onto something.

My 68 Pontiac is a rust free survivor too, so I know of what you speak.

PS. Now I finally see that Grabber Green is a pretty good colour match to the original colour. All the rest of my (~25) Lawn-boys are various shades of green, but none are correct from years of sun and fun I suppose.
 
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